1. USNS Mercy Sailors Visit Kokopo Secondary School During PP15

    Sailors attached to the hospital ship USNS Mercy volunteered their time July 6 to help students and teachers refurbish the Kopopo Secondary School in Papua New Guinea.

    Members of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band perform for students at the Kokopo Secondary School.
  2. Lassen Promotes Maritime Security in South China Sea

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen's (DDG 82) patrol in the South China Sea over the past month is part of a continuing presence there by Destroyer Squadron 15 DDGs.

    USS Lassen (DDG 82) conducts an underway replenishment with USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) in the South China Sea in June. (U.S. Navy/Lt. j.g. Lauren Chatmas)
  3. USNS Millinocket to visit Solomon Islands for Pacific Partnership

    The Military Sealift Command joint high speed vessel will arrive in Honiara, Solomon Islands, July 10, for the ship’s third stop of Pacific Partnership 2015.

    USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) transits the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy file photo/MCC Christopher E. Tucker)
  4. Pacific Partnership Concludes Successful Mission in FSM

    The citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia and the members of Pacific Partnership 2015 celebrated a successful visit to the country with a closing ceremony and Fourth of July celebration in Kolonia, Pohnpei.

    Capt. James Meyer, right, commodore of Task Force Forager, and Capt. Erich Diehl shake hands with local children during an Independence Day celebration in Kolonia, July 4. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. James Gulliver)
  5. U.S., Australian Forces ‘On Board’ for Talisman Sabre

    More than 260 military and civilian augmentees from Australia and the U.S. arrived aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) July 6, bringing additional manpower and capabilities to the 7th Fleet staff prior to the start of exercise Talisman Sabre 2015.

    Australian Army Capt. Kevin Jolley is one of 260 augmentees who recently checked in aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) prior to exercise Talisman Sabre. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Indra Bosko)
  6. George Washington CSG Kicks Off Exercise Talisman Sabre

    Sailors with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group began their participation in exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 off the north coast of Australia, July 7.

    Ships of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, including USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS George Washington (CVN 73) transit in formation in the Banda Sea, July 5. (U.S. Navy/MC3 David Flewellyn)
  7. Seabees Renovate Schools in the Federated States of Micronesia

    Pacific Partnership celebrated the completion of two school renovations during ribbon cutting ceremonies July 3 in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.

    Pacific Partnership leadership and local Federated States of Micronesia government officials cut a ribbon officially reopening up Lukop Elementary School after completing a renovation project July 3.
  8. Expeditionary Strike Group 7 Begins Talisman Sabre

    Expeditionary Strike Group 7 is underway off Australia's coast with Sailors, Marines and embarked Australian personnel preparing for high-level amphibious training over the next two weeks.

    The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group moves in formation off the coast of western Australia, July 3. (U.S. Navy/Capt. George Doyon)
  9. USS Higgins Departs on Deployment

    The guided-missile destroyer departed Naval Base San Diego July 6 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East.

    USS Higgins (DDG 76) departs San Diego, July 6. (U.S. Navy/Melissa K. Russell)
  10. Nurse Midwife Saves Baby’s Life After Attending PP15 Course

    A Pohnpei nurse midwife credits the “Helping Babies Breathe” course taught during Pacific Partnership with helping her save a baby’s life June 29, just hours after attending the two-day event.

    Royal Australian Navy Lt. Cmdr. Alison Zilko instructs local students at the College of Micronesia-Federated States of Micronesia, June 29. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. James Gulliver)